RIP, Harvey Pekar: Why His Letterman Performance Was Great
Harvey Pekar died today.
The man's career is difficult to sum up, especially if you haven't seen American Splendor. But this 1987 performance on David Letterman's show gives a taste, not to mention that it demonstrates just how far the Letterman show has changed.
Some reasons why the clip is great:
1. Well, the t-shirt saying he's on strike against NBC, for starters.
2. His catching the Vaughn Monroe reference in terms of his voice and riffing off it.
3. The perfectly delivered sarcasm of "Yeah, Dave, wait `til next year."
4. The rant against GE.
5. The fact he keeps up the rant against GE after Letterman seriously asks him to stop.
Get the This Week's Top Stories Newsletter
Every week we collect the latest news, music and arts stories — along with film and food reviews and the best things to do this week — so that you’ll never miss Houston Press' biggest stories.
- It's Official: Harris County Sheriff's Deputies Can't Have Sex With Witnesses, Victims
Fri., Feb. 19, 6:00pm
Fri., Feb. 19, 6:30pm
Fri., Feb. 19, 8:00pm
Sat., Feb. 20, 1:00pm
- In Texas, a Hospital Ethics Panel - Not the Patient or Family - Decides Whether to End...
- J.J. Watt Is Damn Near Immortal, Wins Third NFL Defensive Player of the Year Award